Conference Program

TOURS

WORKSHOPS & PLENARIES

NETWORKING & BREAKS

SPECIAL EVENTS

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11-13

9:00am - 12:30pm | Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy: Workshop for Changemakers by Shaun Loney

An Army of Problem Solvers book coverBuilding on his 2016 book “An Army of Problem Solvers“, social entrepreneur Shaun Loney will take participants through a 7 part process to dig into the art and science of solving complex problems, particularly at the local community scale. Learn how to see poverty and other social and environmental challenges as opportunities, how to better understand the motivations and drivers of people, business, and government, and how to support the re-emergence of Indigenous economics.

This two and a half-day event is limited to 25 registrants. Cost is $300 per person. Lunch and morning refreshments are included.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

9:00am-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour - Cochrane

Downtown CochraneJust west of Calgary’s city limits is the bustling town of Cochrane. On this tour, you will discover how local economy initiatives are building community pride, revitalizing mainstreet and strengthening small business in Cochrane. The walking tour will begin at Cochrane’s Visitor and Resident Information Centre to learn from Mike Korman, Economic Development Manager, about the Proudly Cochrane, Made in Cochrane and Cochrane Dollars initiatives. You will then be guided through the Historic Downtown revitalization effort to show how Cochrane is strengthening the older section of the town to keep relevant with the major regional shopping developments south of the CP Rail Track. Lunch will be held at the Half Hitch Brewery which will include a Tour of this local microbrew success story.  

**Participants will be taken by bus to Cochrane leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

9:00am-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour - Olds

Just a short distance from Calgary is the Town of Olds. A rural community of 9100 people that is leading by example. On this tour you will meet passionate volunteers and visionaries that are building a thriving local economy for Olds and the region by strengthening social networks and prioritizing the arts and the environment.

The Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development is a 16-year-old CED organization with over 150 active volunteers and over a dozen working groups supporting a small staff team. They have pioneered Canada’s first 100% community owned and operated broad band network providing free WIFI in most parks and commercial areas in the community. This utility infrastructure and O-NET the Internet Service Provider operating on the network are social enterprises owned by the Olds Institute. The Olds Institute also operates an Information and Entrepreneurship Centre and retails electricity and natural gas. The proceeds from these activities support CED initiatives in the community.

Enjoy local food and craft beer while visiting some of the community’s social enterprises to discover how the community is growing capacity and building shared knowledge.

**Participants will be taken by bus to Olds leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

12:30pm-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour - Coops

See and learn firsthand how co-operatives drive innovation and foster resiliency in Calgary.  This tour will feature stops at different co-operatives ranging in size and focus, and will also provide an opportunity to get to know the city better.

This walking tour will be hosted by staff from the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association and feature presentations from co-op employees. The various stops will include utility, worker, retail and a credit union

Participants will learn about the daily workings of our co-op sector, and be able to discuss topics relevant to their work.

**Participants will be taken by bus leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

12:30pm-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour - Social Entrepreneurship and Alternative Financing Solutions

Can business create a positive social impact and make a profit? Come discover the heart of CMNGD (pronounced COMMONGOOD), a social enterprise, providing on the job experience and mentoring, at a living wage, to people living in our homeless shelter (The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre) through a linen laundry service tailored to the hospitality industry.  Join the Founders and employees of CMNGD for an interactive tour of the first Solar Thermal Commercial Laundry Plant in Canada, designed by Eclipse Sustainability Projects, as we discuss how to do business differently by positively impacting people, planet, profit and purpose in business. CMNGD is not only creating a positive social impact but they’ve financed their business using ATB BoostR. ATB BoostR has been used by multiple Alberta businesses to crowdfund their business using reward based incentives. Learn more about rewards based crowdfunding and how social businesses like CMNGD and others are using it to fund their businesses.

**Participants will be taken by bus leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

9:00am-12:30pm | Empowering indigenous communities with stronger employment and economic development policies

(a workshop organized in partnership with the LEED Programme of the OECD) – presented by Sylvain Giguère from the OECD

In many OECD countries (including Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand), there is a gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people on a range of critical socio-economic outcomes, including unemployment, educational attainment, and overall well-being. Well designed and targeted policies can assist indigenous peoples in developing skills to find long-term employment, while also contributing to broader economic development objectives and inclusive growth. This workshop will explore the role of federal, provincial and local policies in better preparing indigenous peoples for the labour markets of today and tomorrow. The workshop will focus on policy innovations in Canada and internationally that have positively contributed to the local employment and economic development outcomes of indigenous peoples. Discussions from this session will feed into an OECD report that will be published in December 2017.

3:30pm-5:30pm | Opening Reception

Celebrate and connect with fellow community leaders from across Canada at the opening reception for EconoUs2017. Hear from Chief Robert Joseph from Reconciliation Canada and Shaun Loney, social entrepreneur, on reconciliation in the context of creating shared prosperity for all.

More details to come.

5:30pm-8:30pm | Food for Thought

Food For Thought is a feast for the senses! Enjoy 20+ local food and beverage sampling stations where you’ll savour Calgary’s finest ingredients while mingling with chefs and farmers. Learn why sustainable growing practices make a difference to your health, the planet and the local economy. Each ticket sold will provide a meal to someone in need through Mealshare. Proudly hosted by REAP Business Association in partnership with Hotel Arts.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

6:30am-7:30am | Yoga in the Park

Location: Central Memorial Park (weather permitting)

 

Sandbox of Human Ingenuity

 Photo by Jackie Ho

7:30am-9:15am | Breakfast Plenary - Building Thriving Communities

Hear how community leaders from across Canada are using grassroots engagement to change lives and overcome challenges to build Thriving Communities.

  • Gordon Slade, Shorefast Foundation
  • Beatrice Alain, Le Chantier de l’économie sociale
  • Moderated by Nadia Kidwai, Journalist and Radio host

**Breakfast will be served in the lobby between 7:30 – 8:00am.

9:15am-9:45am | Networking Break
9:45am-11:00am | Workshop Block 1

For workshop descriptions visit https://econous.ca/workshops

11:00am-11:30am | Networking Break
11:30am-12:45pm | Workshop Block 2

For workshop descriptions visit https://econous.ca/workshops

12:45pm-2:15pm | Lunch

Enjoy the bustle of Calgary’s street food culture at Central Memorial Park. Choose your lunch from a variety of food trucks offering locally made, high quality and sustainable options sure to please any palette!

 

Location: Central Memorial Park

2:15pm-3:45pm | Workshop Block 3

For workshop descriptions visit https://econous.ca/workshops

4:00pm-6:30pm | Craft Brew Tour

Calgary Brewery ToursCraft brewing is on the rise across Canada. Alberta has grown from 19 breweries in 2014 to 51 today, with a new brewery opening every month. New local breweries bring more options for consumers, more tourism to the province, and most importantly, they create jobs in communities in every part of Alberta. Our craft brewers are an important component of the local food movement reconnecting people to the land, to those that make their food and to the community.

Beer sampler tray with 5 different types of beer in glassesTerry Rock, Executive Director of Alberta Small Brewers Association will be our guide. We will travel to Calgary’s Northeast to visit three local brewers. Toolshed had humble beginnings in a backyard toolshed. Don’t be fooled by their name and roots, they are the fastest growing brewery in Calgary. We’ll also visit Dandy Brewing, a ‘nano’ brewery producing unique small batch brews. We’ll cap the tour stopping by Common Crown whose goal is to bring people together through music, the arts, and beer.

By the end of this tour, we promise you’ll have fallen in love with our brewers, our beer, and our city.

Breweries included:

  • Tool Shed
  • Common Crown
  • TBD …

 

4:00pm-6:30pm | Beakerhead Tour
Beakerhead art installation, tentacles coming out of building with astronaut in the foreground

Photo by Trevor Lalonde

TOUR THE UPS AND DOWNS OF HUMAN INGENUITY!

Let one of Beakerhead’s enthusiastic Curiosity Rovers take you on a tour of some of the 2017 Beakerhead installations. You’ll get a dose of delight — and science! — on this 60-minute walking tour. Beakerhead is a smash-up of art, science, and engineering that runs from September 13 – 17, 2017. This year, the major installations create a larger-than-life story of Snakes and Ladders, highlighting the ups and downs of invention and innovation. The tour will take you through multiple experiences that are vastly different but share a common theme of celebrating human potential and imagination.  Join us for an exploration of the game-changing characteristic of people who have stood here since the beginning of human history to today. The installations are approximately 15 minutes apart, so wear your walking shoes.

 

4:00pm-6:30pm | Techstock Tour

Join us as we escort you to the Alastair Ross Technology Centre, one of the city’s largest innovation hubs, for TechStock 2017. This year, we explore how technology and social innovations are making a profound impact on our society and driving change in areas such as sustainability, health, education, gender equality, and more. Walk through our exhibition halls and visit 30+ companies and organizations that are driving change for an afternoon of energy, interactive technology and displays, food trucks and more.

This annual event, presented by Innovate Calgary, runs as part of Beakerhead, a week-long smash up of art, science, and engineering.

6:30pm-10:00pm | Doing Business Differently: An evening of celebration and insight

TRICO Foundation social enterprize awardsJoin Trico Charitable Foundation for the Social EnterPrize, where two Canadian social enterprises will receive $100,000 each for demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in Doing Business Differently.

These recipients will then be joined by two past recipients – Potluck Café and Catering and Mission Possible – for a panel conversation about alignment, the ‘secret sauce’ behind their success. The discussion will highlight the power of aligning the three EconoUs2017 themes, and aligning concepts that are too often thought of as mutually exclusive: using strong business models while also strategically utilizing grants, being a lead organization while also embracing community partnerships, and addressing the immediate needs of those in poverty while also seeking systemic change.

**A casual reception will be held in the lobby of Hotel Arts from 6:30 – 7:30 prior to dinner and the Social EnterPrize Award Ceremony.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

6:30am-7:30am | Yoga in the Park

Location: Central Memorial Park (weather permitting)

7:30am-9:15am | Breakfast Plenary: Creating Good Jobs

The economic and social ramifications of growing inequality are increasingly being felt. Too many people feel left out and left behind, insecure and over-worked, struggling just to make ends meet, living paycheque to paycheque.

This plenary will explore how we as community leaders can unify and strengthen our vision to create good jobs and shared prosperity for all.

**Breakfast will be served in the lobby between 7:30 – 8:00am.

9:15am - 9:30am | Networking Break
9:30am-11:00am | From Learning to Action Part 1

What if we could leverage the collective talent and ideas of attendees at EconoUs2017 to create, improve, and work on actual projects in actual communities across Canada? What if you could bring the idea you’ve been working on and get focused coaching from the brilliant minds who will be at the conference?  What if you came to a learning conference and left with concrete action steps informed by that learning?

This year we will spend our final plenary session moving from learning to action through a rapid design and peer coaching process that helps accelerate ideas using the talent that’s in the room. Up to a quarter of the participants at EconoUs2017 will have an opportunity to work on their projects in a collaborative and dynamic process.  Think about the work you are doing, questions you have and places you are stuck. Gain the insight of a small group of peer coaches who will help bring fresh perspective and new ideas to your work. As a peer coach, you will gain inspiration and exposure to ideas that relate to work you’re doing while being part of helping bring great ideas to life.

11:00am - 11:30am | Morning Energizer
11:30am-12:45pm | From Learning to Action Part 2

What if we could leverage the collective talent and ideas of attendees at EconoUs2017 to create, improve, and work on actual projects in actual communities across Canada? What if you could bring the idea you’ve been working on and get focused coaching from the brilliant minds who will be at the conference?  What if you came to a learning conference and left with concrete action steps informed by that learning?

This year we will spend our final plenary session moving from learning to action through a rapid design and peer coaching process that helps accelerate ideas using the talent that’s in the room. Up to a quarter of the participants at EconoUs2017 will have an opportunity to work on their projects in a collaborative and dynamic process.  Think about the work you are doing, questions you have and places you are stuck. Gain the insight of a small group of peer coaches who will help bring fresh perspective and new ideas to your work. As a peer coach, you will gain inspiration and exposure to ideas that relate to work you’re doing while being part of helping bring great ideas to life.

12:45pm-1:00pm | Networking Break
1:00pm-2:30pm | Lunch and Closing Reception - Strengthening our efforts

The time is now to reinvigorate efforts for change in communities across Canada. During lunch, be inspired by Dave Mowat, community leader and CEO of ATB, to take bold new steps towards building thriving communities, creating good jobs and doing business differently.

Location: Hotel Arts

2:30pm-4:30pm | Poolside Party
Got some time to kill before your flight departs? Want to savour the EconoUs2017 vibe a little longer? Whatever your reason, you’ll find friends ready to hang out and keep the inspiration flowing poolside at Hotel Arts.